Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Unrepentant unbeliever

"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry"

I owe a Canadian Christian friend a huge favour for identifying a solid Biblical presentation on homosexuality.  The message is from Northview Community Church.  The message was perhaps the clearest I have heard on the topic.  

The message is well worth listening to.  Many will be accustomed to sermons of approximately 25 minutes duration.  The speaker needs an hour to cover the topic. 

There were three notable aspects of the message:

  1. Homosexuality is not a super–sin: the speaker put sexual immorality in its place with other sin and took care to ensure that homosexuality was not treated with undue preference.  The speaker, for instance, recognised that in a single pew there could sit side-by-side a person who views porn, a same-sex attracted person and a person beset with greed.
  2. ‘Born that way’: the speaker stole away the use of this expression.  In relation to ministry to homosexuals ‘born that way’ is often used in respect the person’s birth identity – in this way ‘born that way’ is often used synonymously with ‘gay gene’.  The speaker instead used ‘born that way’ in relation to how we are all born in sin.  As we are all born in sin we are all under the same curse and all need the same solution.  That solution is the blood of Jesus Christ.
  3. The church need minister to people who have same sex attraction in three ways:   

For the:

  • Unrepentant unbeliever – bring them to understand the Gospel and pray that God works in their hearts to accept Jesus as Lord.

  • Unrepentant believer (if there is such a thing) – bring them to repentance

  • Repentant believer – discipline them, bring them to repentance and direct them in holiness.  (The speaker uses 1 Corinthians chapter 5 as an indication that sexual immorality can exist within a church)

There is nothing new about repentance.  God sent his prophets and then his son. All had the same message.  That message was 'repent' - see Luke 20:9-19.

I’ve noticed that Christians tend to get very angry towards
 others who sin differently than they do”
from Philip Yancey’s novel Soul Survivor.



Note: all links are good as at 6 June 2017
Note: this blog post serves in part as a foil to a very (Luke 15) elder brother post.

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